Gargrave AFC

Gargrave AFC 2 – 4 Pendle FC

April 22, 2013

Gargrave played Pendle FC in the semi final of the Division One League cup on Tuesday evening.

The home side were disappointingly knocked out when the visitors displayed a more positive approach to the game winning 4-2.

Gargrave Res 1 – 2 Ingrow Res

April 22, 2013

Gargrave were fortunate to be playing in Saturdays semi final league cup clash with Ingrow due to the Barons breaking the 6 game rule with multiple players in the previous round.

Gargrave kicked off and right from the offset the game was open with both defences being stretched. Ingrow looked the more dangerous though forcing good saves from keeper Hudson and they hit a post too. Gargrave had their fair share of possession but didn’t create too many clear cut chances the final ball seemed to let them down. Suprisingly the game was 0-0 at the break.

The second half started much the same as the first with open attacking football being played. Ingrow took the lead early on in the second half when a fierce 30 yard half volley appeared to be saved by the Gargrave keeper but instead of the ball being pushed over the bar it slipped through his fingers and landed in the back of the net. With Gargrave low on confidence they lacked the spark they needed to pick themselves up and then went two nil down when the ingrow forward had all the time in the world to control the ball in the box and volley home into the bottom corner.

With only 15 minutes remaining Gargrave went for it and played 3 at the back with Gaz Lord as an additional midfielder it almost immediately paid dividends when his rasping shot forced a great save from the keeper. Gargrave battled hard and started to show their fighting spirit pressing the Ingrow players high up the pitch. Gargrave scored after a great team move was rounded off by Carl Tetley who lobbed the keeper with an assured finish.

It was all too little too late though and Gargrave crashed out of the league cup….again

Gargrave AFC 0 – 1 Wilsden FC

April 17, 2013

Wilsden opened the champagne after their slender victory over Gargrave on Saturday. The three points were enough to know they had gained promotion and won the Division One title. It was a disappointment for Gargrave who were desperately unlucky not to claim the win for themselves. The lone goal came in the last ten minutes of the game.

Earby Res 2 – 2 Gargrave Res

April 17, 2013

Gargrave had little recovery time from the weekend in Monday nights encounter at Earby. Harry “Collocini” McEneaney thankfully passed a late fitness test.

Gargrave started brightly and looked confident in possession the compact pitch seemed to suit Gargrave whilst the home side kept lumping the ball forward and the Gargrave back line watched as the ball sailed harmlessly out of play on several occasions. Earby did provide the first chances of the game though forcing two great saves from Gargrave’s Adam Hudson. However Gargrave then took the league with a signature break away goal Seddon and Town linked well as they have done all season. Andy Seddons through ball saw Josh Town make no mistake one on one with the keeper. Gargrave took control of the game their midfield trio held their positions well and the back line worked hard for each other too and Earby weren’t able to break Gargrave down. Gargrave doubled their lead when Carl Tetley’s looping shot caused pandemonium in the Earby box and Andy Seddon calmly nodded the ball into the back of the net. An unusual and unfamiliar position for Gargrave to be in at half time.

Earby changed things at half time bringing on another forward and played two up front, this had an immediate impact and they really came at Gargrave. The warning signs were there but Gargrave held firm and defended well. Earby pulled a goal back when a harmless shot somehow ended up in the back of the net, keeper Hudson got his angles all wrong and instead of watching the ball go wide of his post it crept in. Earby had momentum and kept coming at Gargrave and they soon equalised after Richard Lords failed speculative clearance allowed their winger to cross the ball into the box and the striker tapped in from close range. A familiar story had unfolded where Gargrave had been punished again by individual errors.

It was a lively finish to the game with Earby probably edging it on chances, so all in all a point was a decent result for Gargrave. Gargrave only have one game left in the league now where only a win will do. If other results are kind too the great escape could be possible.

Bingley 2 – 1 Gargrave Res

April 16, 2013

Gargrave faced Bingley Town on Saturday needing to win to boost their chance of survival. Key absentees were going to make their task even more difficult.

Gargrave were slow to start, the wind and bobbly pitch was making it difficult for them to get the ball on the ground and play football. It was turning out to be a scrappy game with little quality on show. Bingley played with the wind in the first half and had most of the ball but didn’t create too many chances. Gargrave could only clear their lines and not get a hold of the ball due to the wind. It was a fairly uneventful first half until the stroke of half time. Gargrave were hoping to go in level at the break but unfortunately they conceded right on the half time whistle as they did last week. The Gargrave keeper came out to claim a routine catch but spilled it and it fell to the feet of the grateful striker who tapped the ball into an empty net.

Gargrave made a tactical change at half time and played 4-4-2 and they looked a different side. Playing with the wind now, Josh Town started to get involved and he and Andy Seddon looked dangerous. Gargrave had Bingley on the back foot and now it was them who couldn’t get out of their half. Gargrave deservedly levelled the scores after some great one touch football between Jack Harrison and Josh Town saw the ball passed to Seddon who curled his effort into the top corner.

Gargrave’s jubilation was short lived as Bingley countered quickly and a cross from the right found the striker who had all the time in the world to calmly slot the ball home. Gargrave had two great chances to equalise though. Gaz Lord made a burst down the right skipping past their winger and full back and bundled his way into the box and played it across to the normally prolific Simon Boatwright but he couldn’t convert from close range. Andy Seddon had a great effort saved by the keeper too. Gargrave rallied in the second half and were unlucky not to draw the game.

Hellifield Sports FC 1 – 6 Gargrave AFC

April 7, 2013

A good win for Gargrave in their local derby game vs Hellifield Sports which now takes them through to the semi final of the Division One League Cup.

A hat trick from John Beckwith and one each for Matthew Simpson, Liam Jameson and Christian Moon.

Gargrave AFC 0 – 0 Settle Utd

April 3, 2013

The points were shared in the first night game of 2013 when Gargrave were hosts to Settle.

Neither side could break down the oppositions defences and there were few chances on goal.

Gargrave Res 0 – 2 Embsay Res

April 2, 2013

Gargrave faced top of the table Embsay in Saturdays big game of the day and both teams needed the points for very different reasons.

Embsay started brightly playing some good football but never really threatened the Gargrave goal. Gargrave then came into the game and looked comfortable in possession but couldn’t create any clear cut chances. Craig Gregory had a few sights on goal but he was restricted to long range efforts that never tested the Embsay keeper.

Embsay took the lead from the penalty spot after a clumsy Clocky-esque tackle from Harry McEneaney. It was an edgy first half and Gargrave were unlucky to be one nil down.

The second half was much the same as the first with Gargrave having most of the ball but they just couldn’t find the break through. Embsay then extended their lead after a good passing move. Gargrave pressed but again were reduced to long shots that never really threatened. It took until the 89th minute for Gargrave to finally have a shot on goal bringing a good save from the Embsay keeper. Gargrave almost claimed a late consolation when Carl Tetley’s bullet header again forced another good save from the keeper.

Gargrave deserved at least a draw from the game but just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

Chatburn FC 1 – 5 Gargrave AFC

March 12, 2013

Another good performance from Gargrave which puts them in a good position in the league table with games in hand on their opponents.

John Beckwith scored a hat trick with Liam Jameson and Player Manager Jonathan Chapman also on the score sheet.

Gargrave Res 2 – 0 Pendle Renagades

March 12, 2013

Gargrave faced promotion chasing Pendle on Saturday with both teams desperately needing the three points. Gargraves chief scout Harry McEneaney had been busy in the build up to the big game and managed to bring in Tom Smith from overseas just before the transfer window closed.

Pendle started brightly and almost immediately went one nil up with their first attack of the game but their striker missed a free header from two yards out. Pendle again came close with two long distance shots but Adam Hudson made two great saves to deny Pendle the lead. Gargrave then came to life and played some good passing football, Andy Seddon had a couple of half chances but he was unable to convert. Gargrave took the lead after Simon Boatwrights teasing free kick caused panic in the Pendle area and Tom Smith appeared to have scored a debut goal but his header seemed to stop on the goal line. A poor defensive clearance fell to the feet of the lively Craig Gregory who danced around two Pendle defenders before slotting home to give gargrave a deserved lead. Gargrave were confident in possession and certainly didn’t look like a team rooted to the bottom of the league. Gargrave soon doubled their lead when the George Best of the craven league Josh Town calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner after he found himself unmarked in the box. Town is currently struggling to contain his massive drink problem and is refusing to admit he has issues.

Gargrave were hoping to see out the half and were counting down the clock and then up stepped Michael Mclachlan. To make for a more interesting game Mclachlan decided to give away his customary penalty of the match and with the Pendle forward seemingly about to run the ball out of play he made a trademark tackle/assault on the forward and bundled him to the ground giving the ref no option but to point to the spot. Fortunately for the defender and for Gargrave the strikers penalty was blazed over the bar.

Gargrave survived and it appeared luck was going to be on their side today. The second half saw Pendle pushing men forward and creating chances with Hudson having to make more good saves to keep his side in it. However, Gargrave defended superbly throughout and managed to hang on and claim a vital three points and a clean sheet. Tom Smith was awarded the match point with an impressive debut at the heart of the defence but the whole team had worked hard and each player was integral in the teams good performance….apart from Josh Town.

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